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Cold-Case Arrest: North Carolina Man Accused of Offering Rides, Raping Multiple Victims Over Course of 8 Years

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Source: Fayetteville police; MEGA

Mar. 25 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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Improvements in DNA technology allowed police to say they arrested the man suspected in a series of cold-case rapes and kidnappings.

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In December 2022, police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, announced the arrest of Christopher James McMillan, 39. He faced several charges, including three counts of first-degree rape.

McMillan was identified in a series of kidnap and rape cases from 2007, according to Fayetteville police. He offered his victim a ride, then took her to a secluded location to assault her, police said.

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The initial investigations went unsolved due to limitations in DNA technology, police said.

But the department submitted assault kits from the case for further testing thanks to a grant. That led to McMillian being identified as the suspect, police said.

Recently, police announced McMillan was charged with additional crimes in connection with rapes that occurred between 2010 and 2012.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect's DNA profile was also linked to a 2015 inciden and he was charged with first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping. In that case, police said, he offered a ride to the victim, who he then sexually assaulted, WNCN reported.

A sexual assault exam was conducted, which cold case investigators said resulted in the DNA profile.

He was being held in jail on $300,000 bond.


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